Rose is based on my maternal great, great grandmother, and her two Irish suitors who really did run a foot race to settle who would have courting privileges with her. It was so much fun recreating the world she lived in, seeing again the sights of Manhattan 150 years ago, and hearing the music from the various ethnic sections that my novella touches on. From Irish fiddle music to African American “pattin’ de juba,” martial fife and drum, and the wonderful spirituals of the times, I enjoy immersing myself in the sounds from the era. I don’t want to spoil who wins Rose’s hand, but suffice to say music figures prominently in the story.
More about that season of suddenlies. My journey has been long and uneventful. I knew I wanted to be published since I was in junior high. That’s when I started writing in earnest, completing a novel in 8th grade and going on to write several since. I won’t reveal my age but you already know I am a grandmother, so you figure it’s been a long, loooooong time. I’ve known artists who wrote or painted work that glorified darkness, exploited people’s souls through gratuitous sex, the occult, or nihilism, and they seemed to find a ready audience whether they had developed craft or not. It was discouraging to say the least, and became tempting to sell out my message of hope and redemption, of God’s transformational power, but for God’s staying hand, keeping me. I long ago dedicated my writing, my craft, my message and my life to the Lord. Honoring him with all He has given me has been my offering to Him, and if He chose to bless my efforts, that was in His hands alone.
This is my theme song for my writing, and I hope you are blessed by it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVxerUJrKeA
Kathleen L. writes about New York State history http://kathleenlmaher.blogspot.com/ and enjoys promoting CBA releases on her http://fictionaddictionfix.blogspot.com/ blog. She and her husband live in a 100-year-old farmhouse in upstate NY with their three children, two rescued Newfoundland dogs, and a tuxedo cat complete their family.
As thanks for allowing me to guest on my dream blog, I’d like to offer a print copy of my novella and an ebook of Carrie’s, plus a Third Day’s Offerings CD to one lucky commenter today. GOOD LUCK!!